In the near future those reprehensible fascist pepperpots are gaining a foothold in their ongoing quest for universal domination. A Valkyrie craft flees the battle and makes for the nearest human scientific outpost for assistance... with the Daleks hot in pursuit. This particular outpost though has its own problems - an unknown but decidedly deadly `space plague'.
The Seventh Doctor tries to convince Ace and Hex to stay behind, but Hex wants to use his medical training to aid the wounded whilst Ace, being Ace, wants to join in and fight against the Daleks. In the meantime, The Doctor is doing his interfering thing again, with potentially devastating consequences...
Enemy of the Daleks is a dark and claustrophobic story that gives the Daleks one of their stronger audio stories. Writer David Bishop has created a nefarious world of labour camps and galactic civilisation hanging in the balance, but this drama still accessible and entertaining, without excessive continuity or contrived plot devices.
The regular actors give the script everything they have, and Philip Olivier as Liverpudlian nurse `Hex' really comes into his own here. The novelty has obviously worn off for this particular member of the TARDIS crew, and despite his unrequited adoration for fellow traveller `Ace', Hex seems to be getting to the end of his imperturbable tether. Guest star Kate Ashfield is worthy of a mention as the cowardly Lieutenant Stokes, whilst the remainder of the guest cast all keep their ends up. A gritty parry to the altogether lighter `Magic Mousetrap', this audio story is tough, mean, but altogether worthwhile, and thought-provoking to boot. Highly recommended.
As with the previous release, this one contains one episode of a bonus story 'The Three Companions'; second in a 12 part tale of former companions to the Time Lord who contact one another to discuss a global threat that somehow links them...and The Doctor.